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Township Pride
Nostalgia

Today a New York model with graceful strides
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while the scars on her knees
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tell tales of a carefree childhood;
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Barefoot days in dusty township streets,
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Clumsy stumbles with her summer dried hair
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standing on brittle end
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Now her auburn braids are stylishly rolled in an English-looking bun,
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the bright expensive summer dress made less playful
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by her heeled sandals.
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Her face is bright and even-toned-
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Nourishment in the poorest Africa
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but her accent belies her childhood
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and those scars on her knees will never fade…
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13 Mar 07


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